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December 2013

House Passes Bill Exempting Fire Hydrants From New Lead Standards

  • Tue, 12/03/2013 - 6:00pm
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taken from the CQ Roll Call, written by Katey McGettrick

The House on Monday passed legislation that would exempt fire hydrants from new lead-free requirements for drinking water systems scheduled to go into effect in January.

The bill (HR 3588), passed 384-0 under suspension of the rules, would clarify that fire hydrants could be built with materials that do not meet the revised standards.

Sample Letter for Existing Inventories

  • Mon, 12/09/2013 - 6:00pm
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The New York Rural Water Association strongly encourages each municipality to consider sending a similar letter to the one below written by one of our member systems with regard to the existing inventories of brass fittings, etc.  This member took the initiative to write to his Congressman asking for support.  As you may be aware, Congressman Tonko was the cosponsor of HR3588 which passed in Congress and we are hopeful will pass the Senate soon.

Senate Clears Bill to Exempt Hydrants from New Lead Standards

  • Tue, 12/17/2013 - 6:00pm
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Taken from the  CQ Roll Call By Nathan Hurst

The Senate cleared legislation Tuesday to exempt fire hydrants from new lead-free requirements for drinking water systems scheduled to take effect in January.

The bill (HR 3588) was cleared for the president’s consideration by unanimous consent. The House passed the bill earlier this month, 384-0, under suspension of the rules.

Governor Cuomo Announces $30 Million for Storm Repairs at Binghamton-Johnson City Sewage Treatment Plant

  • Thu, 12/19/2013 - 6:00pm
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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that a critical improvement project to the Binghamton-Johnson City Joint Sewage Treatment Plant, damaged in 2011 by Tropical Storm Lee, will move forward thanks to a $30.32 million loan package from the state for plant repairs, improvements and protection against future storms, including a flood wall around the plant.

New State Law Will Require Recycling of Mercury Thermostats

  • Sun, 12/29/2013 - 6:00pm
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Law Protects New Yorkers and the Environment by Ensuring Proper Handling of Hazardous Mercury

A new law signed by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo will require manufacturers to collect and recycle mercury-containing thermostats at no cost to consumers, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced today. The law implements a statewide thermostat product stewardship program to ensure that hazardous mercury is properly handled, preventing potential adverse health effects and damage to the environment.